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entertained republicans. ♪ proud to be an american >> the candidates weren't so sweet. mitt romney said he wants answers now. >> don't you think it's time for him to finally put together a vision of what he would do the next four years if he's elected? i mean, meas he's got to-- he's got to come up with that over the weekend. >> schieffer: the president said he thinks romney has come downa a mysterious illness. >> if you come down with a case of romnesia, and you can't seem to remember the policies that are still on your web site, or the promises you've made over the six years you've been running for president, here's the good news-- obamacare covers can preexisting conditions. >> schieffer: for the final debate set here tomorrow in boca raton, we'll talk to florida republican marco rubio. and we'll hear from two top campaign strategistes, obama deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter, and romney adviser kevin madden. then we'll get analysis from an all-star panel, including peggy noonan of the "wall street journal." david sanger of the "new york times." joe klein of "time" magazine. and
the campaign trail. he's got to go run the country. that leaves mitt romney in a kind of odd position at that point, too, because he can't look like he's just campaigning. >> schieffer: what does he do, join the national guard? ( laughter ). >> he doesn't want to look like he's faking it and getting in the president's way. you saw john mccain raise the bar for the president. saying remember john mccain suspend-- he did it a couple of times, but one for hurricane gustav, a knocked a day off the republican convention to try to create a sense of "i'm president." one of the things important about taking the president off the campaign trail in terms of this early vote question, when want president ams can to town he's fly paper and gets people there to the events. what do the campaigns do? they turn those people into solterlz who will then go knock on dispersants on that final push at the end. they also turn them into votes in some states. i was in ohio this week. they were bussing them from the event to the early polling place where the, where the romney forces were watching to see how bi
, we will come out of it at the end thinking, i actually know something of mitt romney's philosophy as he looks at the world and america's place in it. i understand better what president obama wants to do and how he sees things. >> schieffer: well, do you think-- most american elections and so far this one has been exactly the same, they're generally about economic policy, about pocketbook issues. does foreign policy, could it actually make a difference? could it be a tipping point in this election? >> oh, you never know. you know. we've got-- as i said, 16 days before election, but as kevin madden said no, 15 days and 20 hours. you know what i mean? things are going very quickly. any number of things can happen. the world is at a boil in various places, such as the middle east, where both candidates really fight it out. also, i would say, i mean, i wonder if the candidates will talk about this, america's foreign policy is utterly dependent on america having good economic policy that helps america be wealthy. all of our strength is connected to our wealth. so in a way, foreign polic
>> pelley: tonight, the final faceoff. president obama and mitt romney debate foreign policy. we'll look at the world of trouble facing the commander in chief. reports from nancy cordes, jan crawford, john dickerson, david martin, kelly cobiella and bill whitaker. dean reynolds on the battle for ohio. why it could decide the presidential election. paper couldn't stop bullets. a woman shot to death in wisconsin had a court order against the suspected gunman. can the courts protect women? michelle miller has the story. and lance armstrong is officially stripped of his titles. we'll talk to a close teammate about the system of doping that brought down a champion. cha ngaptioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from boca raton, florida. >> pelley: good evening from the debate hall at lynn university. 15 days before america elects a president and a new cbs news poll out tonight finds 11% of likely voters are uncommitted. that means they haven't made up their minds or they could still change them. they will decide this election. pd it
on foreign policy. with the race still very tight, both president obama and mitt romney have a lot to gain and a lot to lose in their final joint appearance before a national audience. it might be their last best chance to win over the uncommitted voters who will decide the election, which is now just two weeks away. for tonight's debate, the candidates will be seated together at a table with bob schieffer, anchor of "face the nation." this is the third time bob has moderated the final presidential debate. >> schieffer: good evening from the campus of lynn university here in boca raton, florida. this is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign brought to you by the commission on presidential debates. this one's on foreign policy. i'm bob schieffer of cbs news. the questions are mine and i have not shared them with the candidates or their aides. the audience has taken a vow of silence-- no applause, no reaction of any kind except right now when we welcome president barack obama and governor romney. (cheers and applause) >> good to see you again. >> good to see you. (cheers and applau
with campaign scheduleds. both vice president joe biden and mitt romney canceled rallies in virginia beach, virginia, this weekend. as nancy cordes reports, president obama received a fema briefing the storm before laeg for new hampshire. >> we're not going to be able to be in virginia tomorrow. we're going to go to ohio instead. >> reporter: hurricane susan is forcing both campaigns to make ajumps. mitt romney canceled three haven'ts in virginia. vice president biden and first lady mivelobama also called off rallies. >> 10 days, new hampshire, 10 days! >> reporter: after getting briefed on the storm today, president obama took his hunt for votes to the live free or die states where he told a group of local teamsters new hampshire's four electoral votes could make all the difference. >> it's very clear that the other side doesn't believe. >> reporter: governor romney spent the day in all-important florida, in pensacola, home to a major nave air station, romney brought up a sore spot from the final debate. >> i made the point our navy is now smaller than any time, well, in almost 100 years.
. >>> the big push with less than two weeks before the election, president obama and mitt romney sweep across the map drawing up support in key swing states. >> we're on the homestretch now. and i think the people of colorado will get us all the way there. >> people out there are still trying to make up your mine. some of you here may still be trying to make up your mind. >> campaign controversy. indiana's republican senate candidate draws criticism for his comments on race and abortion. >> i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that god intended to happen. >> strengthening storm, tropical storm sandy threatens the caribbean and could power up into a hurricane later today. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. with under two weeks to go now the race for the white house looks like it will be a photo finish. today president obama begins a two day six day campaign swing to critical battleground states. it includes his 7th visit of the campaign to ohio. mitt romney arrives there
between president obama and mitt romney. we asked 500 uncommitted voters whom they believe won. they chose the president 53% to 23%. 24% said it was a tie. with the election just two weeks from today the race moves into its final sprint and we have reports tonight from our campaign 2012 team. first, nancy cordes covering the president. nancy? >> scott, the president signaled his closing arguments today. he's going to argue for the next two weeks that the most important issue in this campaign isn't foreign policy, it isn't even the economy, it's trust and that only one candidate has earned it. >> the person who leads this country, you've got to have some confidence that he or she means what he or she says. >> reporter: in delray beach, florida, the president argued governor romney has hidden his true positions for political gain. >> you know what? that's not leadership that you can trust. and, florida, you know me. ( cheers and applause ) you can trust that i say what i mean. >> reporter: the president has been expressing not just disagreement but disgust with romney's policies, calling the
and romney campaigns push voters to arly early. dean reynolds is in the f otleground of ohio. the family of the pakistani girl shot for standing up to the taliban travels to britain to be at her side. mark phillips has the latest on her fight for life. and what's killing america's bats? seth doane take uz inside the bat cave scientist are battling a deadly enemy. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> >> pelley: good evening. srecasters are watching two storm systems tonight that are axpected to team up and hit the sst coast as something of a super storm. urr storm is moving in from the west, the other is hurricane sandy, now over the bahamas and heading north, highest sustained winds, 105 miles per hour. rhis is how the hurricane looks srom space. here is what it's doing on earth. iti,ding streets in haiti, sending waves crashing on to the shore in cuba, and knocking down trees and buildings. where this cuban is walking, a house once stood. sandy is blamed for at least four deaths in the caribbean. blamrologist david bernard is
have fewer horses and bayonets. >> the president appeared small and governor romney appeared presidential. >> clearly, if you watched this debate, the president looked like the stronger guy. >> it felt like we went toy foreign policy debate and a domestic policy debate. >> i love teachers but i want to get our private sector growing and i know how to do it. >> i thmpg we all love teachers. >> couple of tornadoes near the sacramento area. >> i looked out on my back porch and there it is. >>> apple is expected to unveil a smaller version of the ipad half the size. >>> these guys just never quit. >>> a beluga whale who scientists say was trying to minimum mimic human voice. >> someone broke into my house. >> stopped the burglary inside her own home. >> you did a very good job. >> thank you. >>> win number five on the season for the bears. >> are you okay? >> i'm good. i'm good. >>> all that -- -- >> soerszly, hang on. let me finish. >> did you smoke pot with tom hanks? >> i did, in this movie. >> oim going to talk to computers! i'm going to live on
campaign raised a total of $558 million. romney raised $357 million. and that is not including money raised by all the independent groups. for now, both candidates are in seclusion, preparing for monday's final debate. jan crawford is at the debate site in boca raton, florida. good evening, jan. >> reporter: good evening, rebecca. with just 17 days left until election day what we're seeing is the attacks getting sharper and more personal. with both of the candidates doing that debate prep, the vice president today stepped into the void and he kept slugging. >> i don't blame that baby for crying. that baby-- that baby-- that baby knows what's in store for him or her. if romney wins. >> reporter: in florida, the vice president pulled out his greatest hits as he delivered a montage of campaign attacks. >> the president has a new term. he callses it rom nearbyia. >> reporter: he even brought out an old one, romney's investment history. >> it's a lot more than a swiss bank account. it's i lot more than his accounts in the grandica men islands. it's about being out of touch. >> reporter: the romn
, good evening, jeff. romney and the president sent most of the day doing debate prep getting ready for tomorrow night on that stage, big foreign policy showdown. but romney did take a break today to go out and hud well his campaign team which played a game of football against a-- on the beach. >> reporter: romney did a coin toss, and jokingly coached his team in the huddle. >> figure out which player is best and take him out early. >> and went back to his hotel for more debate prep. last night he held his final fund-raiser as new figures show the two campaigns are on pace to spend a combined $1 billion on the race. through september the obama campaign had raised a total of $558 million, and had spent a total of $462 million. romney's campaign had raised $357 million, and spent $294 million. but outside spending from independent groups favors romney to to -- two-to-one and erases the president's money advantage. the race now a dead heat. expectations are high for the third and final debate. this one on foreign policy and moderated by cbs's bob schieffer. with the candidates off the
this morning. president obama and governor romney get set for tonight's final showdown. >> a new cbs news poll shows that tightening race in ohio where both candidates need a win. >> should scientists go to jail for failing to predict a deadly earthquake? we'll take you inside a controversial trial. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> the stakes are pretty high for both candidates. the election is close. this has been truly consequential. >> mitt romney and president obama face off in florida tonight. >> for their final debate, the focus will be on foreign policy. >> people want to know they have a strong, steady hand in the oval office. they don't want someone who's re reckless. >> what's becoming apparent in the debate is the president has no plan for the next four years. >> who does have the kind of strength, calmness, temperament to be the next president. >>> azana hair salon. >> police in wisconsin say yesterday's deadly shooting was the result of a domestic dispute. three women were killed and four others wounded. >> the one suspect i
and ohio today. governor mitt romney is holding three events in ohio. >> new press poll of nearly 2,300 people shows romney in front among likely voters. na nationwide poll also shows romney has wiped out the president's double-digit advantage among women voters. the two men are now tied in that category. closing the gap among male voters, romney leads now by just five points. nancy cordes is in tampa florida. >> reporter: after pulling an all-nighter, flying across the country on air force one. in fact, his voice has gone somewhat hoarse, but he has several more campaign stops to do today. he was on "the tonight show" with jay leno last night, asked about those controversial remarks by the indiana senate republican conditioned date who said babyies born of rape are part of god's plan. >> seems like we're back to todd akin. >> let me make a very simple proposition. rape is rape. it is a crime. >> reporter: reacting to comments made by indiana state treasurer richard mourdock in his senate debate tuesday night. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is so
and then, of course, president obama, mitt romney will spend most of their time campaigning in battleground states. and cbs reporter randall pinkston joins us now from boca raton, florida with the latest on the big night between the two candidates. good morning. >> reporter: a big night it was indeed, frank, a lot of clashing through the night. this morning republicans are saying what mitt romney did last night was to lay out his vision of foreign policy if he is elected president but the democrats and president obama are saying that what he did indeed was to lay out a series of inconsistencies, changing his positions, saying that he is all over the place even accusing romney of being reckless. >>> reporter: this was the third and final debate and president obama saved his sharpest attacks for the end. >> every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: viewers seemed to respond to the president. a cbs news snap poll of the debate shows 53% of uncommitted voters believed the president won. >> you saw a very strong president, a strong an
>>> fight to the finish in the last debate before election day, president obama and mitt romney tangle on foreign policy and national security. >> mr. president, america has not dictated other nations. we have freed other nations from dictator. >> when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s. >>> trail of terror. one of the women killed in a mass shooting at a day spa had been terrorized by the gunman for years. >>> cycling's governing body strips lance armstrong of his seven tour de france titles and bans him from the sport for life. >>> and the san francisco giants overcome wet weather and overwhelm the st. louis cardinals to win a trip back to the world series. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, and thank you so much for joining us. it's now exactly two weeks until the election. president obama and mitt romney met last night for their final debate, and the topic was foreign policy, though they did bring up domestic issues. while they agree on several issues, including afghanistan and syria, it was the president who
:08. and it is on to the race for the white house. tonight president obama and mitt romney meet for the final debate. this is the last chance for undecided voters to see both candidates take on foreign policy. randall pinkston is in boca raton, florida with more on the final matchup. randall. >> reporter: good morning. expect mitt romney to come out swinging on the benghazi attack citing it as failure of the obama administration of foreign policy. the president said he is handling the crisis as well as winding down afghanistan. >>> reporter: this will be the third and final time that the two candidates take the stage together for debate. >> this debate matters more than ever before. >> reporter: expect moderator bob schiefferer to spend plenty of time on libya. on sunday, republican senator marco rubio suggested the obama campaign tried to keep the foreign policy focus on the death of bin laden. >> is that why for two weeks they told us that the libyan incident in benghazi was a popular uprising and not a terrorist attack? because it ran counter to their campaign there. >> reporter: obama campaign o
fallout for mitt romney. >> questionable practices by pfizer and other drug giants. how they are accused of tricking patients into buying prescriptions. >> and the potential breakthrough that could signal the end of the violence in syria. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, cutting into the president's lead with women voters: a controversial comment froa senate candidate he endorse, has put the republican nomie >>> now at 6:30, just as mitt romney was cutting into the president's lead with women voters a controversial comment from a senate candidate he endorsed has put the republican nominee in an awkward position. the remark had to do with god's intention for rape victims and with just 13 days to go before the election it has propelled the hot button issue of abortion back to the political forefront. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee is following the fallout. >> reporter: talk about timing, right? you have to remember that this comes at a time when the romney camp is really trying to win over female voters. and for the republicans, this could be double trouble. it could be a problem with governor
and then president obama and mitt romney will spend most of their time in the battleground states. cbs reporter randall pinkston joins us from florida the site of the final debate with a little play-by-play on what happened. >> frank, it was a fight to the finish another doozy of a debate mitt romney accusing president obama of a series of foreign policy failures. for example, romney pointing to the failure to stop iran's nuclear program. but and president obama accused romney of being inconsistent in his foreign policies and at teams end reckless. >>> reporter: this was the third and final debate and president obama saved his sharpest attacks for the end. >> every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: in a cbs news instant poll of 500 uncommitted voters, 53% said president obama won the debate. perhaps the most memorable moments of the night came during this exchange over budget cuts to the military. >> our navy is smaller now than anytime since 1917. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonettes because the nature of our military has c
tolup poll out today shows mitt romney's lead is shrinking. have a look. the weekend before the final debate gallup had him up seven 45% ts, 52% to 45% for president obama. today the romney lead is down to three points, 50% to 47%. %.e president took his campaign today to colorado. the race there is virtually tied. which way colorado goes may well we determined by latino voters and we asked barry petersen to atll us more about that. >> i've already voted. y> oh, you've already voted. so there you go. latieporter: the battle for the latino vote in colorado is being waged one house at a time. >> hello there! >> reporter: jesus altamirano works evening getting out the vote for a nonpartisan latino group. when you knock on the door, jesus, who are they leaning owards? o a lot of individuals have been leaning towards obama. >> reporter: latinos are now at least 13% of the colorado electorate and favor president obama 2-1. onwidewide, latinos make up about 9% of voters and are for andobama by more than 3-1. when a national politician talks about the latino vote, the prime topic is immigrati
and we'll learn how many americans tuned in for round three of the obama/romney debate. we are getting an early idea of how the audience scored this match. >> reporter: that's right. a big night in politics, right? and in a cbs news flash full of uncommitted voters that was taken immediately after the debate, 53% said that they believe president obama won. 23% bheefd that romney was the -- believed that romney was the winner that time around and 24% said it was a tie. and while tonight was supposed to be about foreign affairs, both candidate brought up domestic policy repeatedly. it is the final debate and it didn't take long for the punches to start flying. >> i congratulate him for going after al-qaeda but we can't kill ourselves out of this mess. >> a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest threat facing america you said russia. not al-qaeda, you said russia. in the 1980s or not, that's the foreign policy. the cold war has been over for years. >> i'm not going to wear rose colored glasses when it comes to russia. after the election he'll get more back bone. >> reporter
intended to happen. >> republican presidential candidate mitt romney appeared in a tv ad for mourdock. a spokesman says mourdock's comments from last night do not reflect romney's views. >>> it is of course now the final stretch for both candidates. with just 13 days until the election, president obama and republican rival mitt romney are ramping up their campaigns in those battleground states. cbs reporter tara mergener shows us they are even turning to some celebrities now to help draw in the votes. >> reporter: president obama rallied supporters in iowa, the first stop in a campaign blitz. >> fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all- nighter. no sleep. >> reporter: he is covering more than 5,000 miles, the bi- state swing ends in florida. mitt romney is going to rallies in iowa and and other states. >> we don't have to settle. americans are tired of being tired. we can do better. >> reporter: polls show the race for the white house is too close to call and with less than two weeks until election day, the candidates know every vote counts. the election w
of the deaths is in haiti. also impacting the race for the white house. republican nominee mitt romney and vice president joe biden scrapped political appearances in virginia beach. the storm is interrupting some schedules at a critical point in the campaign with less than two weeks until election day. the candidates say they plan to reschedule their east coast appearances after the storm has passed. >>> more than 10 million votes have already been cast in early voting states for the november 6th election and as drew levinson shows us mitt romney held a rally in the biggest battleground state florida, which begins early voting today. president obama was in another swing state, new hampshire. >> reporter: mitt romney traveled to florida, the biggest battlegrounds state to lock down its 29 electoral votes. >> i need your help, we need to win this. we're taking back america. >> reporter: early voting started in the state saturday. and the romney campaign is pushing supporters to cast their ballots now. with polls showing a tight race, romney hopes to keep his momentum going to election day. >> th
this morning." president obama and governor romney campaign for every vote they can get in key swing state s. >>> forecasters are keeping a close eye on tropical storm sandy. could it hit the east coast? >>> should you be charged extra for asking questions at the doctor's office? we'll go inside the growing battle over hidden fees. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> we're on the homestretch now. and i think the people of colorado are going to get us all the way there. what do you think? >> the presidential candidates storm through the swing states. >> governor romney is in nevada and iowa today. >> the president campaigned in florida and ohio, pushing a new 20-page summary for a second term. >> it's not the okey doke. >> debate experts agreed they won on substance. big deal. lance armstrong won on several substances. >>> yesterday a's major sell-off, the dow plunging 233 points. >> we obtained e-mail alerts put out by the state department as the attack unfolded in benghazi, libya. >> the e-mail showing that ansar al sharia claimed respon
from the final obama romney debate last night in florida. >>> reporter: this was the third and final debate and president obama saved his sharpest attacks for the end. >> every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: viewers seemed to respond to the president. a cbs news snap poll of the debate shows 53% of uncommitted voters believed the president won. >> you saw a very strong president, a strong and steady president with a clear vision. you had an unsteady romney. >> reporter: romney's best score came on the issue of china. >> i want a great relationship are china. china can be our partner. but that doesn't mean they can just roll all over us and steal our jobs on an unfair basis. >> reporter: even on that issue romney only managed to tie president obama. >> perhaps the most memorable line of the night came when president obama and mitt romney were debating cuts to the military budget. >> our navy is smaller now than anytime since 1917. the navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. we're now down to 285. >>
in the same day when mitt romney started airing this tv had. >> and tonight, the romney camp issued a statement. romney disagrees with murdock's views on rape. >> i approve this message. >> this is the second republican candidate this election to make controversial comments about rape and pregnancy. >> first of all, from what i understand from doctors, it's really rare. if it's a leming mat rape -- legitimate rape. >> refused to withdrawal from the race. >> and just a few hours ago, the chairwoman of the democratic national committee, called on romney to pull the ads off the air, calling murdock's comments outrageous and demeaning to women. >> candidate murdock, he's not a political light weight? >> he's been in politics since the 1980's. state and local positions much he's also running on the tea party platform and beat out senator richard rupert. he's experienced. >>> and we have to admit something. we thought twice about putting this next story in the newscast tonight. for what it's worst, there's october surprises in the presidential race and they can pop-up tomorrow. and that's
. >> thank you. >>> on to the race for the white house. tonight president obama and mitt romney meet for the final debate. >> last chance for undecided voters to see both candidates take on foreign policy. randall pinkston has more from boca raton. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank and juliette. expect mitt romney to talk about a robust foreign policy with a strong military as the best guarantor of peace while the obama administration is likely to say that the romney campaign hasn't spelled out any specifics and that his pronouncements so far have been characterized by blunder and bluster which don't reflect good judgment. >>> reporter: this will be the third and final time that the two candidates take the stage together for debate. >> this debate matters more than ever before. >> reporter: expect moderator bob schiefferto spend plenty of time on libya. on sunday, republican senator marco rubio suggested the obama campaign tried to keep the foreign policy focus on the death of bin laden. >> is that why for two weeks they told us that the libyan incident in benghazi was a
for romney. he endorsed murdoch standing beside him in august. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> reporter: this ad will continue to broadcast. >> bad timing for governor romney and the presidential election. >> for the most part people are seeing thing through their own lens. there are not a lot of undecided voters left. in a race this close anything like this matters. >> reporter: already it has sparked a frenzy of new ads backed by democrats that pack a political pun. >> i hope you'll join me in supporting richard mourdock. >> we got to get this guy elect in the u.s. senate. >> reporter: a romney spokesman says governor romney disagrees with richard mourdock and mr. mourdock's comments do not reflect governor romney's views. we disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him. the san francisco republican chair says it is the right move by romney to stand by mourdock but not for this issue. >> i think it's absolutely fine for him to disagree with the candidate he endorses on one issue. i'm the chairman of the republican party
over the last of the undecided voters. >>> reporter: mitt romney and his running mate paul ryan shook hands and signed autographs at the daytona beach airport before going their separate ways. the gop presidential hopeful is now in south florida preparing for the third and final presidential debate. ryan went to the battleground states of pennsylvania and ohio. he attacked president barack obama accusing him of running a campaign that offers little new policy. >> he is trying to distract people. he is trying to distort our record. he is trying to hope that you don't pay attention to the reality in front of us so that he can win this election by default. >> reporter: a new romney ad continues the theme. it argues the president offers more of the same on debt, healthcare, taxes, energy and medicare. >> five reasons we can't afford four more years of barack obama. >> reporter: in florida, vice president joe biden says the obama administration deserves another four years. >> america's not in decline. america's is coming back! and we're not going back. >> reporter: as biden listed the ways
and mitt romney are getting ready for their final debate, a little over 24 hours from now. >>> and crews are not finished with their work on the san mateo bridge. but a good sign they are way, way ahead of schedule. >>> good evening. a bizarre chain of events that tarted at 1:30 -- started at one time time 30 this morning when reports came in that two men came in arguing -- 1:30 this morning when reports came in that two men came in arguing and then a bizarre string of events. >> in the end, three birds decapitated and a man who lived here was shot and killed by the police. >> last night was a bizarre event. >> reporter: the police got reports of someone breaking windows in when they got here, they found two naked men in their late 20s who appeared to be hallucinating. >> it is like a nightmare. your next door neighbor turns into a crazy person. >> reporter: when the police confronted one of the men they say he pointed a rifle at them so the police shot him. he died soon after. the other man is now under arrest. >> reporter: the police believe that either one or both of these naked me
. >>> reporter: president obama and mitt romney take the stage in florida tonight to debate foreign policy. romney is expected to sharply criticize the president's response to the attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >> it's the governor's greatest opportunity. he can show that there's a weakness in obama foreign policy and he can exploit that. >> reporter: the two candidates will also tackle questions on china, iran's nuclear ambitions and ending the war in afghanistan. campaign watchers usually give the advantage to the sitting president when debating international issues. president obama supporters say he has a strong record including the successful takedown of osama bin laden. >> i expect the president to be especially forceful since the topic of this debate is foreign policy. >> reporter: tonight's debate is crucial to both candidates. polls show a tightening race and that all of the season's debates are swaying voters. in the critical battleground state of ohio, a new cbs news quinnipiac university poll shows the president up five points 50-45 but romney has cut the
in del rey beach florida at a debate with mitt romney. >> during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq. but he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> reporter: romney posed for pictures with police officers in florida this morning before heading to nevada and colorado. bows candidates are beginning an all-out blitz of key battleground states in the final two weeks of the campaign. during last night's foreign policy debate, the candidates clashed over military size and spending, russia and iran but answers drift back to the economy. >> america must be strong. america must lead. and for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home. you can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. >> both at home and abroad he proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: when it was over a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters gave a clear victory to president obama, 53 to 23%. romney surprised some debate watchers when he didn't attack the president for his administration's handling on the deadly attack on
in cleveland. >> i need you, ohio. america needs you, ohio. >> reporter: ohio is also where mitt romney focused his day making three campaign stops. >> the obama campaign is slipping because he's talking about smaller and smaller things. despite the fact that america has such huge challenges and this is such an opportunity for america and that's why on november 6th i'm counting on ohio to vote for big change. >> reporter: no republican ever won the white house without carrying ohio. that has both sides staging aggressive campaigns there to convince voters to cast their ballots now. >> i want to remove i mmpimpedi there is for everybody to exercise their constitutional rights and vote. >> we see sometimes people missing elections coming out to take advantage of early voting. >> reporter: more than 7 million people nationwide have cast early ballots. and this was the first time that a sitting president cast an early ballot in person. terrell. >> susan mcginnis in washington this morning. have a good weekend. some prominent republicans are lining up against former secretary of state colin powell a
>>> the final face off, president obama and mitt romney go head-to-head in one last debate before election day. >>> salon shooting a gunman targets a popular day spa shooting seven women during a terrifying rampage. >> ten people came running out of the back of salon with their hands up running, screaming out the door. >>> decision day. cycling's governing body rules on whether lance armstrong lifetime ban from the sport and erase seven tour de france victories. this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 22, 2012. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us this morning. i'm annemarie green. president obama and mitt romney will meet for their third and final debate tonight, the topic is foreign affairs and the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya and iran's nuclear program are expected to be on the agenda. most polls indicate a very tight race and with just over two weeks to go, tonight's meeting could prove pivotal. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the two candidates spent largely out of the public eye intensively preparing for tonigh
.m. tonight. there's also news this morning on the campaign front. mitt romney has won the endorsement of the "des moines register" in battleground state iowa. this has not gone to a republican presidential candidate since richard nixon. so to get some reaction to that, and other things, we go to our go-to guy in arizona for news, weather, and sports, john mccain. how's the weather out there, senator? and good morning to you. >> it's very nice and balmy. i think the storm may not reach arizona. but, obviously, the disruption of the airline-- the whole nation, obviously, and our prayers and thoughts are with those who line the path of the storm, and we'll keep praying. >> schieffer: all right. i want to ask you about that endorsement by the "des moines register." i mean, sometimes endorsements matter. sometimes they don't. it what about this one? >> i think in ray close race, the "register" is very well regarded, and of course it's almost a man bites doggistic because the "register" has not endorsed a republican since, i guess, calvin coolidge. i don't know. i think that aspect of it is
and disrespectful to survivors of rape. gop presidential nominee governor romney says he is distancing himself from this candidate. >>> it's a long sprint to the presidential race with both candidates scrambling for the edge in key swing states and they are on the move today. president obama will travel 5300 miles for events in iowa, colorado, nevada and finally here in southern california. republican challenger mitt romney is doing a lot of heavy traveling himself with stops today in reno and iowa. >>> two people who are known for putting themselves in the spotlight claim they are about to reveal information that could change the entire presidential race. one of them is billionaire donald trump. a romney supporter has raised questions about president obama's birthplace. new york magazine says his may have something to do with divorce papers in the president's past. no one is actually confirming that. meanwhile celebrity attorney gloria allred and obama supporter says she will soon reveal some "juicy details about a key romney supporter." >> can hardly wait. [ laughter ] >>> 6:10. a deadly shark at
obama's re-election bid. the long-time republican told "cbs this morning" he respects mitt romney but thinks romney has been vague on many issues. both candidates will hold events today in the critical swing state of ohio. a new "time" magazine poll shows the president leads romney in the buckeye state by 5%. mr. obama holds a 30 point lead among people who say they already cast their ballots in ohio's early voting system. >>> today romney will focus entirely on ohio with rallies in the columbus and cincinnati areas. his stops yesterday included reno. >> with a president that's out of ideas and out of excuses, on november 6 we'll put him out of office. >> the president made appearances in las vegas an on the tonight show last night. he had this to say about controversial comments on rape by republican u.s. senate candidate richard mourdock of indiana. >> rape is rape. it is a crime. so these very distinctions about rape and -- don't make too much sense to me, don't make any sense. >> the president is at a rally in tampa. this is a live picture right now of that rally and he will f
. tonight mitt romney will work to make the case that the president's leadership abroad has failed. while the president will point to successes including killing osama bin laden. this is it. the final showdown with the presidency at stake. president obama and governor romney will sit down with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer for the final debate on foreign policy. one person won a ticket as a registered independent. he will be listening closely but is leaning towards the president. >> i care about what's going on in the world and how to make it a better place. >> reporter: this democrat is in boca raton for the debate. she has already decided to cast her vote for mitt romney. >> because the direction we have been in for the last four years has failed us. failed! there's no debate here. look at the record. >> reporter: the 90-minute debate will most likely start where the second one left off the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they will also debate questions about iran, ending the war in afghanistan and the u.s. economic relationship with china
: governor mitt romney hit the stage, in ames iowa, ready to jump on new economic numbers. >> last quarter our economy grew at just 2%. after the stimulus was passed the white house promised that the economy would now be growing at 4.3%. over twice as fast. >> reporter: romney pointed the finger at the president's policies and is using the economy to make his closing argument to voters in the battleground states. >> this is not the time to double down on "trickle-down government" policies that have failed us. it's time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment. >> reporter: the white house looked at the new numbers as a sign the country is heading in the right direction. the economy expanded at a right higher than most expert predicted. vice president biden told voters in wisconsin a romney presidency would erase all the progress the president made. >> we believe for americans to succeed the middle class has to rebuild and grow. it's the only way working class people have a way: >> reporter: the president wrapped us his campaigning at an airport thursday night reminding voters of
obama can claim the economy is growing, but governor romney can claim it's not growing fast enough. >> voters have basically drawn their conclusions about the economy already so, you know, the impact that a g.d.p. number can have or that the final jobs report on the friday before the election is going to have is won only at the margins. now, this election is close enough that the margins matter. >> reporter: as west mentioned, the last unemployment before the vote comes out a week from today. surprise in either direction could influence the outcome of the election. >> pelley: and anthony, that election is now officially the most expensive in u.s. history. it just passed that milestone. the latest numbers show the presidential campaigns and the super pacs that back them have now raised more than $2 billion. now, some other key numbers in the race. 11 is the number of days before the election. five is the number of points separating the candidates in the latest gallup poll. it shows governor romney ahead of the president 51% to 46%. a "washington post" poll shows the race tighter tha
both campaigns to make adjustments. mitt romney cancelled three events. vice president biden and president obama also called off rallies. president obama took his hunt for votes for the live free or die state, where he told a group of local teamsters that new hampshire's four electoral votes could make all the difference. governor romney spent the day in all-important florida, in pensacola, home to a major naval air station. romney brought up a sore spot from the final debate. >> i made the point that our navy is now smaller than anytime in almost a hundred years. and the president's response was well, we don't use bayonets and horses anymore. >> reporter: president obama said romney hiked fees on everything, as governor of massachusetts. >> he raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me. >> reporter: romney said mr. obama broke promises to cut the deficit and save medicare. >> he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: both sides are wary of the impact on polling locations, if power outages or storm damage prevents voters
and the challenger mitt romney are busy studying. their running mates are campaigning in must win states. paul ryan was in pennsylvania and ohio .poles show president obama in the lead. >>> preparing for tomorrow night's big debate in boca raton florida. you can watch that. face the nation is. coming up at 8:30. talking about foreign policy and his state's role in the race of if white house. >> and on the local political front the state's political watchdog commission says a nation to a san jose city council campaign is illegal and must be returned the donation to a campaign came from a political action committee that's controlled by san jose major chuck reed the city's police officers association complained that the donation -- about it to the california fair political practices commission. their response. we re issued the letter calling for her to disi vow this illegal transfer of money to a committee that's supporting her reelection. even today they're out together coordinating campaign. walking door to door. >> major reed says he did nothing wrong because the law only forbids transfers of funds
's not their candidate who is playing politics with libya. >> even while the flames were burning in benghazi, mitt romney was sending out political press releases. >> reporter: president obama had a lead in the polls when the debates began. but the race has gotten tighter since then and the new cbs news poll of a key swing state shows the same result. in the bat battleground state of ohio, the president leads mitt romney 50 to 45% down from a 10-point lead at the end of september. >> the president created this false image of mitt romney in the minds of some voters knocked down in the first debate. >> reporter: the obama campaign has plenty to be excited about. early voters in ohio favor the president 54-39%. >> if you look at the early voting that's going on around the country, it's very robust and it's very favorable to us and we think that's a better indicator than these public polls which are frankly all over the map. >> reporter: the president also leads among those who say they are going to vote on election day. randall pinkston, cbs news, boca raton, florida. >>> and the latest numbers show the pre
and she has us all on a mission. >> go romney/ryan! >> reporter: not everyone was on team obama. across the street romney supporters waved and american flag and held up signs as cars entered the event. >> i really want the democrats who are coming today to see michelle obama to understand that there are republicans in this country who are willing to stand up for mitt romney and paul ryan. >> reporter: before heading back to washington the first lady has two events tomorrow. one in san diego, the other in las vegas. both are also to raise money. in calabasas, kristine lazar, cbs 5. >>> with just 12 days to go before the election, the road to the white house has become a well worn path through the battleground states. president obama and mitt romney have covered nearly 10,000 miles in just the past two days and with the race neck and neck they are going back to the number one issue to seal the deal with undecided voters, the economy. >> this election is, therefore, a big choice. america wants to see big changes. we are going to bring big changes. >> we can't afford to go back to the same
california. and republican challenger mitt romney is doing a lot of heavy traveling himself. he has stops in reno and iowa today and here he is yesterday in colorado. >> these are tough times for a lot of americans and the president's answer to this is another stimulus and more government workers and higher taxes. that hasn't worked. >> i want you to look at our plan. compare it to governor romney's plan. see which plan you think is better for you and for america's future. well, he says he's got a plan. >> that was the president yesterday in ohio. in general, polls show the popular vote is really up for grabs. the president appears to have an edge in the electoral vote. but that depends on the outcomes in nine states which right now are just too close it call. >>> two people who are well known for putting themselves in the spotlight claim they are about to reveal information that could change the entire presidential race. one of them is billionaire donald trump. a romney supporter who has raised questions about the birth play of president obama. new york magazine says his thing may have s
. a new poll shows president obama leads mitt romney there by 5%. but the president holds a 2-1 lead among people who say they already cast their ballots in ohio's early voting system. today romney will focus entirely on ohio with rallies in the columbus and cincinnati areas. his stops yesterday included reno. >> a president that's out of ideas and out of excuses, why, on november 6 you're going to make sure we put him out of office. >> the president made appearances in las vegas and on the tonight show last night. he had this to say about controversial comments on rape by republican u.s. senate candidate richard mourdock of indiana. >> rape is rape. it is a crime. [ applause ] >> so these distinctions about rape and -- you know -- don't make too much sense to me, don't make any sense to me. >> the president will finish a massive two-day campaign marathon in ohio tonight after casting his own ballot in chicago. >>> 5:09. a new poll shows governor brown's tax hike proposal could be in trouble. prop 30 calls for higher income taxes for the wealthiest californians and a temporary quarter cent
preparing for tomorrow night's third and final debate. president obama is at camp david. mitt romney is in florida. the debate is on international affairs and the moderator is our own bob scheiffer. the "new york times" is reporting that the united states and iran have agreed in principle on negotiations over tehran's nuclear program. but a spokesman for the national security council insists that no such agreement has beenqmó reac. iran denies theÑi report asñrçm. the outbreak of fungal meningitis around theÑi nation 1 now blamed forÑi 28n the centers control says 23 people have died from the meningitis which is linked to steroid shots for back pain. at theÑi vatican this morning, pope benedict xvi is adding seven more saints to the roster. two of them american. one is a native american. the other a 19th century nun who cared for leprosyÑi patients in hawaii. new york jets' back-up quarterback tim thibault has trademarked tebowing his prayerful on-field celebration. a devout christian says he the not trademark it to get money just to make sure that the kneeling pose was used
but with a close race those votes could make a difference. mitt romney was in florida which began early voting this weekend. he held rallies in three florida cities telling supporters it's time for a change. >> so that on -- >> supporters of the -- they do four more years, four more years. i like ten more days. i feel better. >> ten days and you will be stepping into a voting booth and making a defining choice about the future of our country. >> and today again is it nine days. we have hurricane sandy heading toward the east coast as we have been talking about both campaigns have been forced to change the travel schedule. romney scrapped a trip to virginia set for today. he will head to ohio. the president planned to head to florida tomorrow but he pushed his trip to tonight to beat the storm. >>> and face the nation will be taking a look at this final stretch before election day. bob schieffer chats with republican senator john mccain and chicago mayor rom emanuel today. big question, what do both candidates need to do to win this race for the white house? and that's on face the nation at 8:3
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